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4th September 2017


New enzymatic process for the environmentally friendly production of fatty acids

Biocatalysts Ltd is collaborating with Oleon, STC Engineering, DSM and Technische Universitaet Berlin on a project called LIPES – Life Integrated Process for the Enzymatic Splitting of triglycerides.environmentally friendly production of fatty acids

The objective of LIPES is to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional and current splitting routes of triglyceride producing free fatty acids and glycerol. This involves creating a new enzymatic process for generating these commercially important fatty acids with higher purity and at an overall lower variable cost than the current chemical processes used. The project aims to achieve a 45% saving on water consumption and an 80% saving on energy consumption. The project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the European oleochemicals industry by leading to the development of new high-performance products that could be used in a wide range of sectors including food, cosmetics, lubricants and specialty polymer applications.

Further information can be found on the dedicated LIPES website:

The duration of this project runs from 2016 to 2021 and it has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720743.

In this video Dr Andrew Ellis, Technical Director at Biocatalysts Ltd, talks about our involvement in the project: